What is Good Writing?
Good writing is clear, concise, simple, and to the point. It uses words, grammar, and punctuation correctly and shows knowledge of the subject and audience. The language used should use simple language while accurately representing the story.
A good writer should be sure to avoid technical language, clichés, and improper word use to be sure that the audience understands what message is being expressed. While brevity and simplicity should be practiced, a good writer varies sentence type and length to promote clarity in their writing.
One example of good writing that I have found is this article from the Washington Post. The story, written about a man who believes that he killed his wife after taking cough medicine, uses short paragraphs to keep the reader engaged.
While the article uses simple language, the author also uses quotes from 911 calls along with other sources of information to show their knowledge of the story. This gives the reader an accurate and truthful story.
Like a good author should, the author of this story goes beyond the headlines to give the reader the full background of the story. The story does this by giving information about the man’s education, career, and family life. This is important to the story because it gives a fuller understanding of what happened.
Overall, the use of language, simplicity, and research in the article from the Washington Post make it an example of good writing. Good writing should accurately represent the message to the audience in a way that is clear, concise, and engaging.